#AfricaCom2015: Ericsson and Intel to showcase the innovative HDS 8000 at AfricaCom

The ongoing AfricaCom event in Cape Town, South Africa has seen top tech companies unveil impressive products and Ericson and Intel have not been left behind. The two companies will during the event demonstrate the innovative HDS 8000 at AfricaCom.

Designed to help large operators and data enter service providers build the software-defined infrastructure they need to evolve their business models, lower costs and accelerate time-to-market for new services, the new solution will be showcased amidst several other innovative solutions in the Ericsson AHUB located in the ballroom on the first floor of the CTICC. The Ericsson AHUB innovation station  also bring together Africa’s leading entrepreneurs, tech start-ups and angel investor communities to encourage investment and showcase talent in the technology sector.

This new generation of hyperscale datacenter systems uses the Intel® Rack Scale Architecture for a disaggregated hardware approach to dramatically improve efficiency, utilization, automation and total cost of ownership. The two companies say the unique features of the HDS 8000 solution fit right into the type of rapidly scalable development that is required in Africa.

“Today’s organizations operate in a business climate of breakneck speed and continuous change. Ericsson Cloud solutions enable businesses to respond to these changing market forces faster, and deliver customer value more efficiently. With Intel we are bringing one of the world’s first commercially available hyperscale architectures within reach of all data center owners and service providers. In this way we are accelerating the readiness of data centers for the demands of the Networked Society from a total architecture and economics perspective.” Pelayo Omotoso, Head of Practice, Core & Cloud said.

Ericson and Intel add that this new system will makes data centre investments economically feasible in markets and applications where it would not have been the case previously, enabling new local applications of ICT based solutions, transforming the way we work, live and learn in accordance with Ericsson’s vision of the Networked Society.

“The industry is seeing an explosion of data and mobile devices that are flooding the infrastructure with demands. We are seeingpurpose built hardware, deployed for specific workloads and applications, that is not flexible enough for the end-users’ needs. Enterprise customers are looking at what’s happening in the cloud and asking for flexible and more affordable infrastructure. Intel’s Rack Scale Architecture aims to re-architect the infrastructure that runs the cloud infrastructure that runs data centers. It gives us the ability to rapidly change the underlying infrastructure in order to solve the compute storage and networking problem as a whole. We can disaggregate the compute storage and networking resources to meet the ever changing demands of the workloads.” CigdemErtem, Middle East, Turkey and Africa Regional Director at Intel added.

Ericsson HDS 8000 uses optical interconnect. Combining a disaggregated hardware architecture with optical interconnect removes the traditional distance and capacity limitations of electrical connections and the two companies say this enables a more efficient pooling of resources, which has a positive impact on utilization and energy consumption



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